Before this whole debate over materialism finishes, I want to add a few of my own thoughts. Whether you agree with the letter published last Thursday or the responses since is immaterial. What matters is this: Do we feel comfortable with the lifestyle that we have chosen? One day, each and every one of us will be required to answer for the decisions that we made here on Earth. Among other things, I believe we will be questioned as to the care and concern we showed towards all of our brothers and sisters. Did we take in the poor, clothe the naked, feed the hungry? I mean, did we do what we should have done as Christians?
The measure for our conduct is relative to our commitment, understanding and devotion to the principles of Christianity. The prophets have given us counsel, Jesus has given us His gospel. For some, to be a true Christian involves selling all he or she has and following Him. For others, it is sharing their wealth when possible, while still providing certain comforts for their family. Each of us must decide where we stand, what we believe to be our duty and then live accordingly. For my own part, I believe I would have trouble justifying a multi-million dollar mansion, various expensive vehicles, etc., before God. You decide. Let’s stop bickering, judging each other and being self-righteous. We need to do the work at hand the best way we know how.